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Mariners Draw Big Home-Opening Crowd, Fall 4-3 To Capitals

By Kevin Northup Sep 19, 2022 | 6:00 AM

The Yarmouth Mariners line up against the Summerside Western Capitals in their home-opener for the 2022/23 MHL season on September 17, 2022 at Mariners Centre. (Acadia News Photo)

The Yarmouth Mariners couldn’t find the tying goal Saturday, as they dropped their home opener to the Summerside Western Capitals 4-3.

The Caps scored thirty seconds into the game and never trailed the rest of the way.

Reilly Mayne, Franco Canevari and Jerome Gilbert scored for Yarmouth, and Christophe Beluse stopped 11 of 15 shots in the loss.

It came one night after Yarmouth lost their season opener 4-2 to Valley on the road.

Head Coach and General Manager Laurie Barron says he has mixed emotions about the weekend.

“There were some positives, but being 0-2 smarts. We fell behind in both games, but we had no quit. We took the play to Valley and Summerside, and just had no puck-luck,” says Barron.

The Caps would take a 3-1 lead in the second.

The Mariners would make it close, but Summerside scored a powerplay goal in the third to restore the two goal lead, then held off a late Mariners rally.

Barron says despite the loss, it was great to have a crowd like that again.

“We’ve always known that the best fans in the MHL are from Yarmouth. It was very cool to look up and see a crowd like that. Everyone got treated to a great hockey game.”

Yarmouth will host Pictou County in their next game Friday.

The Mariners also unveiled their leadership group, with Kieran Burke and Ben Roode sharing the captaincy.

Former Yarmouth Mariners captain Matt Barron drops the ceremonial puck between new Mariners co-captain Kieran Burke and Summerside's Will Proud on September 17th, 2022 at Mariners Centre (Ken Chetwynd Photo)


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